Marc-Andre Fleury has been a revelation between the pipes this season for the Golden Knights and he turned in yet another spectacular effort in Game 1 by posting 33 saves in the shutout. On Thursday night, they met one another for the first game of their second-round series.
Among franchise and National Hockey League records, the Golden Knights most recently eliminated the L.A. Kings to become the first expansion to to sweep a playoff series.
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Golden Knights are listed as a -165 favorite to win on the moneyline.
After the Golden Knights' 7-0 harpooning of the Sharks in Game 1, it's hard not to think "Finding Nemo" would have made for a more appropriate cultural touchstone. Of course, everything snowballed and it was great, but it didn't seem to matter who we played. "Hopefully you write that, and we go from there". "I thought we had the jump on them right away and that was a big part of the win tonight". "It's a playoff game, not a regular-season game".
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San Jose, which swept Anaheim in the first round, looked out of sorts by the time Vegas put its first three in the net just 6:02 into the game, and the Sharks lost their cool early in the third period, when Evander Kane was ejected for cross-checking Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the face after a whistle. In the 19 games San Jose played after the deadline, the Sharks had the second-highest rate of goals per 60 minutes of play.
Despite the mid-90s heat, an amped-up crowd began to assemble outside of T-Mobile Arena more than two hours before the start of the first period. 8 News NOW is providing full team coverage in the Western Conference semifinals best of seven series.
The Anaheim Ducks managed to score only four goals in four games against the Sharks in the first round.
"It's the first adversity we've faced in the playoffs, real adversity", DeBoer said. In the first five games of the playoffs, the trio has combined for 16 points.
Both the Sharks and Golden Knights received stellar performances from their goaltenders in the first round, with Jones allowing just four goals total and two at even strength for a.970 save percentage. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it's successfully killed off 84.2 percent of all opponent power plays.